Financial Management Certificate

Financial Management at Harper College

Begin a career in banking, investing or financial planning 

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  • Credit hours: 22
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Potential job outcomes: Banking associate

Develop the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in the financial management industry with this 22-credit-hour certificate program. This certificate is ideal for individuals currently employed in or seeking employment in finance departments, banks, investment companies or other finance-related enterprises.

You’ll take classes in financial accounting, financial institution operations, individual financial planning, investment management, international finance and more. All courses are taught by skilled instructors who are financial management experts. Harper College’s business administration programs have a 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio, so you’ll work closely with professors and get individual attention in the classroom.

The credit earned for this certificate can also be applied to the Business Administration AAS Degree. Some students may qualify to graduate debt-free by participating in Harper’s apprenticeship program in banking/finance

Certificate program requirements

This 22 credit-hour certificate program is designed for those currently employed in or seeking employment in finance departments, banks, investment companies or other finance-related enterprises. The curriculum emphasizes developing the competencies necessary for supervisory and public contact positions in the finance field.

The Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration includes a specialized study area for Financial Management. Please refer to Business Administration in this section of the catalog if you are interested in pursuing a degree in this discipline.

Required:

Number Course Title Credits
ACC 101 4

Description: Presents accounting as an information system that produces summary financial statements primarily for users external to a business. Emphasizes the reporting of the effect of transactions and other economic events on the financial condition and operating results of a business. Topics include: basic accounting concepts, financial statements, accrual and cash basis, the accounting cycle, monetary assets, inventories, fixed assets, current and long-term liabilities, and owner’s equity. The course assumes a corporate form of organization. NOTE: High school algebra is recommended. IAI BUS 903

FIN 101 3

Description: Presents an overview of the evolution of the U.S. banking system; the fundamentals of money and banking; operations of banks; the role of governmental regulatory agencies such as the Federal Reserve and the FDIC; consumer and business products and services; and international banking. Provides an examination of the functioning of our economic system emphasizing contemporary and regulatory issues that impact the future of the banking industry.

FIN 200 or

Description: Introduces the student to the fundamentals of equity and fixed income investing. Explores other investment management subjects such as mutual funds, international investing and retirement planning as well as tax-advantaged investments. Basic derivatives such as futures and options will also be discussed. (Credit will be given for either FIN 200 or MGT 170, but not both.)

MGT 170 3

Description: Introduces the student to the fundamentals of equity and fixed income investing. The course will also explore other investment management subjects such as mutual funds, international investing and retirement planning as well as tax-advantaged investments. Basic derivatives such as futures and options will also be discussed. (Credit will be given for either BFC 200 or MGT 170, but not both.)

FIN 215 3

Description: Explores the characteristics of financial statements and financial statements analysis. Emphasis is on the income statement, balance sheet, and sources and uses of funds statement. Effects of reserves, inventory valuations, depreciation, depletion, amortization, subsidiaries and affiliates are studied. Addresses cash flow, reported earnings, taxable earnings and interpretation of the financial data by means of ratio analysis.

Prerequisite: ACC 101 with a grade of C or better.

FIN 225 3

Description: Emphasizes international trade financing. Presents mechanics of importing and exporting, credit and political considerations. Focuses on credit considerations, market product profiles, letters of credit, collection, credit information outside the United States and entry into these markets.

MGT 111 3

Description: Introduces the nature of business and the environment in which it operates. Forms of business ownership, introduction to operative and facilitating facets of business operation, management, marketing, accounting, statistics, business law, finance, investments, insurance and labor-management relations.

MGT 218 3

Description: Methods of financing business enterprises and their relationships to personal and company investment policies.

Prerequisite: ACC 101 and MGT 111.

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Next steps

For more information about this program, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.